Controversial comments focus on First Nations, French-Canadians
“Earlier today, I was made aware of unacceptable comments made by Kelowna-Mission NDP candidate Dayleen van Ryswyk,” NDP Leader Adrian Dix said in a written release. “I have accepted Van Ryswyk’s resignation. A new B.C. NDP candidate will be announced shortly.”
He said mistakes happen, and that's how Van Ryswyk slipped through the vetting process despite posting comments on the internet blasting compensation paid to First Nations.
The news comes after the B.C. Liberal issued a press release Tuesday morning calling for Van Ryswyk’s resignation. The party released a series of controversial blog posts attributed to Van Ryswyk.
Some of Van Ryswyk's comments take aim at First Nations.
“It’s not the status cards, it’s the fact that we have been paying out of the nose for generations for something that isn’t our doing,” reads one post on Castanet, an Okanagan area website. “If their ancestors sold out too cheap it’s not my fault and I shouldn’t have to be paying for any mistake or whatever you want to call it from my hard-earned money.”
This story is ironic considering what the NDP stands for:
New Democratic Party (Canada)
New Democrats today advocate, among other things:
Reducing poverty in Canada
Robust human rights protection
Aboriginal peoples' treaty, land, and constitutional rights